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Building Basics: ESOL Toolkit for General Construction, Landscaping, Painting and Plumbing

Building Basics can be used in a school or community-based program with learners who have expressed a need and desire to learn English in the context of the building trades. The lessons may also be used in instructional settings within the workplace, e.g., contracting or landscaping companies.  Learning activities focus on job-specific vocabulary-building, conversation, workplace skills like schedule-reading, and more. || AUTHOR: Hillary Major, Virginia Adult Learning Resource Center

Carpentry Bridge

Covers basic soft skills and math skills necessary to be successful as a carpenter. Prepares students to actively participate in and complete the carpentry course offered by the local carpenters union. || AUTHOR: Linnea Lebens, Duluth Adult Education

CDL Truck Driving Bridge

The course covers sections 1, 2, 3 & 5 of the MN CDL manual, in preparation for the permit test for the Class A license. (Does not prepare for school bus driving.  Does not cover extra endorsements like tanker or hazardous materials.) || AUTHOR: Linnea Lebens, Duluth Adult Education

Commercial Driver’s License Exam Prep Course

Students learn the laws, rules and regulations for being a commercial driver. The goal is to pass the state Commercial Driver’s License permit test in order to advance into a career pathway of being a truck or bus driver. || AUTHOR: Elizabeth Harner, SouthWest Metro Intermediate District 288

Commercial Driver’s License Permit Course

Students become familiar with CDL career pathways offered through the local community and technical college. They analyze regional labor market data for the CDL industry and identify entry-level CDL employment options. Basic CDL concepts and terminology are covered as students develop their academic and study skills. || AUTHOR: George Schooley, St. Paul ABE

Construction Trades Bridge Course

Designed for use in a correctional facility. Students in the course obtain an OSHA 10 certification, obtain an NCCER Introductory Craft Skills certification, and complete the mathematics Number Sense and Geometry components of the ADP.  Improved literacy skills are a primary focus throughout. || AUTHOR: Adam Kuehnel, Minnesota Department of Corrections

English for Manufacturing and the Trades

Students develop grammar, vocabulary, writing, reading, listening, speaking and math skills relevant to employment in manufacturing and the trades. Also includes career exploration and skill building for job interviews. || AUTHOR: Anthony (Tony) Newes, Minneapolis Adult Education

FIT 4 Advanced Manufacturing / Foundational Skills in Manufacturing – Basic Skills Lessons

Provides basic skills instruction in reading, writing, and math to students enrolled in a FIT 4 Advanced Manufacturing training. This is part of an Integrated Education & Training (IET) program. Six lessons include career exploration; identifying main idea and supporting details; understanding a technical drawing; understanding fractions; understanding decimals in manufacturing; and measurement in manufacturing. || AUTHOR: Institute for the Study of Adult Literacy, Penn State College of Education

Low Pressure Boiler License Course

This course leads to a state special license exam, which is the first step needed to operate or tend to low pressure stationary steam boilers and auxiliary steam equipment, such as pumps, compressors and air conditioning equipment. Career pathways include janitorial, building maintenance or apartment caretaker positions. || AUTHOR: John Ertz, St. Paul ABE

Machine Operator Bridge

Provides a quick brush up and introduction to prepare students for college manufacturing classes. Includes focus on key workplace vocabulary and tools, math brush-up, and basics in blueprint reading.  Also prepares students with knowledge about soft skills, growth mindset, learning styles, professionalism and more. || AUTHOR: Linnea Lebens, Duluth ABE

Manufacturing (Learner Web)

Covers the past, present, and future of manufacturing careers, including both the scientific and economic aspects. Content includes basic machines, manufacturing power sources and process, safety, geometrical tolerancing, CNC operator, industrial maintenance, welding and employment knowledge/expectations. || AUTHOR: Mankato ABE

Manufacturing Careers Bridge

Students become familiar with manufacturing career pathways offered through the local community and technical college. They analyze regional labor market data for the manufacturing industry and identify entry-level manufacturing employment options. Basic manufacturing concepts and terminology are covered as students develop their academic and study skills. The course is held on the college campus to allow students to become acclimated to the college environment. The course is closely aligned with the ACES (Academic, Career, & Employability Skills) Transitions Integration Framework (TIF) and addresses skills in all six of the skill areas. || AUTHOR: Ron Fleischmann, Mankato ABE

Precision Sheet Metal

Prepares students with the math they need to be successful in a machine shop. Focus is on basic math skills: working with fractions, decimals, percent, proportions, and algebra; limited blueprint reading; accurate ruler reading, understanding tolerances, and conversions. Students also develop teamwork and communication skills. || AUTHOR: Cindy Secord, Metro North ABE

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics (TDL) Career Bridge I Reading & Writing

Four units, each with a reading, research and fact-finding week followed by a writing week; four full writing projects. Students practice skills needed to pass Writing, Science and Social Studies GED exams, focused on TDL content. Students become familiar with career options in the TDL field and create their own career paths and implementation steps. || AUTHOR: Developed by Stephanie Sommers – A collaborative project between City Colleges of Chicago and Women Employed

Welding Prep

The course introduces basic fundamentals of welding including equipment, vocabulary, types and techniques of welds, joints, grooves, defects, Ohm’s law, safety, symbols and beginning blueprint reading. Intended for students who have little or no experience welding. || AUTHOR: Kathy Loecher, Rochester ABE